Bull of the Woods

Congrats to the 2018 Bull of the Woods, Tom VanDyk

TomThe logging community is a family tradition that Tom feels privileged to be a part of.  As 2018 Deming Log Show Bull of the Woods, he will be the 7th person in the Zwick/VanDyk family to receive this prestigious honor.  In the early years of the Deming Log Show, Tom and his family spent many hours working at the show grounds and to date he has not missed a single Deming Log Show!

Tom was born on January 20, 1948 to Manuel and Jean VanDyk. The day after he graduated from Mt. Baker High School in 1966 he went to work for Alpine Log Co. as a choker setter making $2.50 per hour.  After gaining experience on the rigging crew he accepted a job with Lloyd Barter Logging Co. as a rigging slinger and hook tender for $25 per day.  He expanded his resume when he went to work for his brother, Gary VanDyk, and Bill Blockley as a timber cutter. In 1968 Tom married his high school sweetheart, Glenda, and shortly thereafter accepted a job with Pete Nelsen as a skidder operator and yarder engineer.  Pete was quite a mentor, as Tom has many fond memories of the time they worked together.   Pete moved to Shaw Island and asked Tom to join him on the job there.  Tom and his young family spent the summer living the island life and enjoying every minute of it.  In the Fall Glenda and the kids returned home to start school and Tom soon followed.  Pete offered Tom a Forest Service thinning job in Glacier, so he bought a skidder and asked his dad, Manny, if he wanted to go into business.  It was the beginning of VanDyk & Son Logging and continues to this day with his son, James VanDyk, and son-in-law, Tony Grimes, as his partners.  The company has evolved from the small operation that it once was and has worked for Trillium Corporation, Crown Pacific and Weyerhaeuser.  James and Tony run the logging side while Tom continues to manage the business, drive the short log truck and assures the other two trucks are road ready.  Tom’s oldest grandson, Kyle, is a 6th generation logger and works as a rigging slinger for VanDyk & Son Logging as well.

Tom in woodsTom and Glenda celebrate 50 years of marriage this year and are blessed to have 3 children, Rene and husband Steve Ness, James and wife Jodi VanDyk, Tara and husband Tony Grimes and 7 grandchildren, Collin and Katie Ness, Kyle, Jordan and Kayli VanDyk, Lincoln and Jed Grimes.  Great grandchildren would be a dream come true for Tom!  When Tom is not hauling logs, he enjoys time with family, crabbing, traveling, driving his Camaro and cooking for his dog, Griff.

Tom would like to thank the Deming Log Show for honoring him as this year’s Bull of the Woods, his wife and family for their continued love and support, his amazing crew and truck drivers.

 

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